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39 Essex Chambers

Personal Injury

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Instructing solicitors praise the "huge breadth and depth of talent and capability" available at 39 Essex Chambers, and note that it houses an enviable bench of experts at all levels of seniority. Members are experienced in the handling of a wide range of personal injury matters, including catastrophic brain and spinal injury, amputation and fatal claims. The team also offers expertise in cases involving significant liability issues and difficult quantum disputes, and several of the set's barristers have recently been instructed in complex and high-profile claims involving allegations of historic sexual abuse. The tenants are well versed in the representation of both claimants and defendants, and count several major insurers, multinational corporations and government bodies among their diverse clientele.

Client service:

"You cannot fault the clerks and they provide a really great service. They are punctual, efficient and very personable." "Everyone on the clerking team is very responsive and they know who you are when you phone up." "The set has an efficient and friendly clerking service." Alastair Davidson is the senior clerk.

Strengths:

Bernard Doherty
Bernard Doherty is regularly instructed by claimant and defendant clients, predominantly insurers, in the most complex spinal and brain injury claims. He is a well-respected authority on insurance disputes, especially those involving conflict of laws issues arising from accidents in Europe and further abroad.
"Has a calm and assured air about him that is very reassuring when the pressure is on. A great pleasure to work with and he is very helpful and approachable."
Recent work: Represented a claimant in a public liability case arising from an accident when setting up a funfair which resulted in a leg amputation.

Strengths:

Camilla Church
Camilla Church is a well-regarded barrister, noted for her adroit handling of high-value catastrophic injury and fatal accident claims. She is also routinely instructed in cases involving post-traumatic stress disorder and complex regional pain syndromes.
"Her attention to detail is exceptional." "She is extraordinarily persuasive."
Recent work: Acted in Al Najar v Cumberland Hotel, a claim against a hotel brought by hotel guests who were the victims of an attempted murder by a third-party intruder.

Strengths:

Charles Cory-Wright QC
Charles Cory-Wright QC is highly sought after for his experience representing both claimants and defendants, including insurers, government bodies and an increasing number of secondary victims. He focuses on serious RTA claims involving catastrophic injuries, both physical and psychiatric.
"He is very easy-going but can be combative when needed. He is very persuasive." "A very pragmatic and effective advocate. He is excellent and has a very smooth manner."
Recent work: Acted for a claimant motorcyclist who was hit by a car coming across his path at speed, causing catastrophic injury including orthopaedic injuries and brain damage.

Strengths:

Christian Du Cann
Christian Du Cann is one of the most respected juniors in the market, with a well-earned reputation given his exceptional courtroom abilities. He regularly acts for claimants and defendants in extremely high-value catastrophic injury cases, including those concerning brain and spinal cord injuries. He is also noted for his expert handling of amputation claims.
"His manner when dealing with clients is excellent and he's very empathetic. He is hugely experienced and brings that with him to any matter; really impressive." "He is very good on strategy and clients really like him."
Recent work: Instructed to act for the claimant in a high-value lower limb amputation claim involving the conventional complex quantum issues as to prosthetics, care and accommodation, compounded by the intervening stroke of the claimant's partner.

Strengths:

Derek O'Sullivan QC
Derek O'Sullivan QC is a standout silk who regularly appears in high-value catastrophic injury cases. He elicits stellar market praise for his technical abilities and client care, as well as his handling of fraud allegations. He is one of the few barristers to have been instructed in a corporate manslaughter case.
"Brilliant at combining technical know-how with tactics." "An incredibly impressive advocate. He is great with clients and has excellent legal knowledge."
Recent work: Instructed in Barrow v Merrit, a case involving an infant claimant who attempted to cross the road outside of their house and was involved in a collision with a car resulting in catastrophic injury. Liability was in dispute and the case was valued between £5 and £10 million.

Strengths:

Emily Formby QC
Emily Formby QC brings a comprehensive understanding of technical legal and medical issues to her personal injury cases. She is well versed in catastrophic and fatal injury claims and demonstrates particular strength in cases concerning human rights law. She has developed an excellent reputation for her handling of cycling and occupational stress claims.
"She is exceptionally good at what she does and has a very detailed and brilliant advocacy style. She is friendly, pleasant and very effective." "She is very determined, committed, robust and empathetic."
Recent work: Acted in a case involving a claimant who sustained a head injury following an accident at work. The claimant had underlying personality disorders and suffered from epilepsy.

Strengths:

Geoffrey Brown
Geoffrey Brown is a respected senior junior with notable expertise in stress at work, amputation, fatal accident and catastrophic brain injury cases. Many of his cases result from RTAs. He is particularly well regarded for his handling of employers' and public liability claims.
"His technical understanding is very impressive." "A very effective advocate."
Recent work: Acted in Komives and Varhelyi v Hick Lane Bedding, a case concerning victims of labour trafficking and whether they are able to pursue claims against the employer's liability insurer of the company involved in their exploitation.

Strengths:

James Todd QC
James Todd QC splits his practice between catastrophic injury and industrial disease, acting for both sides. He has further niche expertise in sporting injury claims, especially those concerning skiing or horse-riding accidents. He is adept at handling claims alleged to be fraudulent or exaggerated.
"He is very clever, incisive and sensible - a really intuitive mind in the area." "He always finds a pragmatic way of getting through issues and is very approachable and helpful."
Recent work: Acted in catastrophic head injury case arising out of an accident in which a toddler fell from a fourth floor window in a housing association flat.

Strengths:

Judith Ayling QC
Judith Ayling QC is well known for her adroit handling of complex quantum and costs issues for both claimant and defendant clients. Her expertise encompasses catastrophic brain and spinal injuries, in both a personal injury and clinical negligence context. She has appeared in a number of group actions and frequently advises on costs issues in personal injury claims.
"She knows her cases in superb detail and always has suggestions which you haven't thought of which will help the case. A really helpful and insightful advocate." "She is a pleasure to work with, cuts through the issues quickly and is very commercial and practical."
Recent work: Acted for one of the defendants in both the civil personal injury case and related property damage case arising from an electrical explosion.

Strengths:

Neil Block QC
Neil Block QC is a true leading light of the defendant personal injury market. He regularly acts in high-stakes litigation of the utmost complexity on behalf of a raft of loyal insurer clients. Much of his work concerns accidents on roads, in places of work and at sporting events. He has recently been involved in prominent cross-jurisdictional and conflict of laws cases. His broad practice encompasses both individual claims and group actions.
"He has real gravitas, presence and a reputation that commands respect from whoever he is dealing with." "A fantastic advocate who thinks quickly on his feet and is an adept cross-examiner. He is user-friendly, responsive and able to get to the crux of complicated issues very quickly."
Recent work: Instructed in Al Najar v Cumberland Hotel, a case in which an intruder entered a hotel bedroom and attempted to murder several occupants causing catastrophic injuries.

Strengths:

Nina Goolamali QC
Nina Goolamali QC is a well-respected advocate with an impressive defendant-side caseload composed primarily of maximum severity catastrophic injury cases. Her broad expertise covers areas such as sports accidents, with a particular emphasis on motorsports, and cases concerning EL/PL. She has taken on several cases with international elements. She is also adept at handling matters concerning chronic pain, stress at work and harassment.
"Highly personable yet highly technical. She is very impressive." "Her legal knowledge, meticulous preparation, attention to detail, creative tactical thinking and understanding of the detail of a case are all of the very highest calibre."

Strengths:

Quintin Fraser
Quintin Fraser is a talented junior barrister who punches above his weight in terms of caseload. He is well versed in the representation of claimants and defendants in cases with complex liability issues and is recommended for his expert handling of multi-track claims.
"He is really pragmatic and provides commercial advice." "He is sharp and his advice is very focused and well reasoned. He is very experienced."
Recent work: Instructed in a £1 million claim for an accident in which liability was admitted.

Strengths:

Romilly Cummerson
Romilly Cummerson acts for claimants and defendants in a wide range of personal injury and clinical negligence matters. She is regularly instructed in cases involving substantial medical evidence and complex issues surrounding causation.
"Very astute, commercial and strategic. She is very easy to partner with in a team and achieves fantastic results." "Really impressive - she is very client-focused and has a good eye for detail."
Recent work: Acted for the defendant in a quantum only claim arising out of an RTA in which the claimant sustained multiple injuries and a moderate traumatic brain injury.

Strengths:

Sadie Crapper
Sadie Crapper manages a busy personal injury practice and routinely handles quantum and liability disputes for claimants and defendants. She is noted for her experience with complex fraud cases and employers' liability disputes, having previously practised at the Employment Bar. Her personal injury work is informed by her knowledge of motor insurance fraud.
"Incredibly user-friendly and has great attention to detail." "She is someone you want to have on your side - she is forceful, pragmatic, detailed and very effective. She works collaboratively with instructing solicitors."
Recent work: Involved in Lewis v Lynch, a liability dispute involving a road rage incident with an author and son of a local criminal. Allegations of fraud were made concerning the accident circumstances and the injuries allegedly suffered as a result of the accident as well as concerning the pecuniary loss.

Strengths:

Susan Rodway QC
Susan Rodway QC splits her impressive personal injury and clinical negligence practice between representing large insurers and claimants in catastrophic injury matters. Her cases concern serious circumstances such as loss of limbs and brain and spinal injuries. Her client care, tenacity and willingness to run difficult cases all elicit glowing market praise.
"A dynamic and fearsome advocate who is very bright. She is down to earth, approachable and works extremely hard." "She gets straight to the heart of a case and has a very caring approach. She is a really effective advocate."
Recent work: Instructed to act for multiple claimants in claims against the Welsh Rugby Union, Rugby Football Union and World Rugby in respect of permanent brain damage caused by concussion and sub-concussive injuries.

Strengths:

William Norris QC
William Norris QC is an extremely well-regarded and experienced silk who is often called upon in complex liability and catastrophic injury cases. He is highly praised for his heavy-hitting advocacy and impressive knowledge of personal injury litigation, especially with respect to damages. Although his practice is predominantly defendant-based he also represents claimants.
"A smooth advocate who is extremely experienced and supremely confident. He is really persuasive and clear in court."

Personal Injury

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London (Bar)

Personal Injury


Charles Cory-Wright QC
Band 1
Derek O'Sullivan QC
Band 1
Emily Formby QC
New Silks
James Todd QC
Band 3
Judith Ayling QC
New Silks
Neil Block QC
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